If you’re a reader of other blogs, you’ll quickly realize that some of the most popular posts are those that focus on “hacks” or “DIY versions” of famous-store items. Truth be told, I rarely do those kinds of posts…simply because I never shop at places like Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, or Anthropologie. Sure, they’ve got gorgeous stuff each and every season, but Jon and I prefer our eclectic collection of odd, quirky, and cool stuff found anywhere but the mall.
BUT, I’m making an exception in this case. Sometime around Christmas of 2015, I picked up a big brassy-glass chandelier light cover at my local Habitat ReStore.
It sat, quasi-forgotten, in our garage for a few months. And then one day, I saw an advertisement for Anthropologie showcasing these metalwork hurricanes- which immediately reminded me of my $3 purchase collecting dust in the garage.
And so here we are- recreating Anthro’s idea. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
One of the things I loved about Anthro’s hurricanes was that they were rose-gold in color. I figured I could probably recreate it- at least somewhat- with some coppery metallic spray paint. So, I grabbed some painter’s tape (my favorite kind!), my trusty old utility knife, and taped off the outside glass panes.
Inside my light cover/hurricane-to-be, I put little pieces of tape over the holes on the top (light cover) or bottom (hurricane), depending on how you look at it! And I also applied one strip of tape to the inside glass, right along the open lip.
Now, I was almost ready to spray paint! But wait- how to block the paint from getting on the inside glass but still allowing paint coverage on the top of the open lip?
So, I decided on a very technical, very precise method…using a BALLOON!
It’s crazy! But it also worked- with the addition of a torn up paper towel rolled and tucked into each corner of the hexagon…it absolutely prohibited the first coat of metal primer…
And then the Rust-Oleum copper spray paint (kinda, sorta rose-goldish) from getting on the interior glass!
To recreate Anthro’s “fireflies in a hurricane” look, I found these awesome little LED lights- teeny tiny lights on copper wire…quite literally, the perfect match for my hurricane!
And then it was time to see it at night…first during dusk…
And then at night!
I don’t know about you, but I’d call this a success! I just LOVE how it looks- day and night- and what a great way to reuse an outdated light fixture cover. But I do promise I’ll go back to original ideas in my next post…